Ruthanne Lum McCunn's Chinese Yankee: A True Story from the Civil War PDF

By Ruthanne Lum McCunn

Chinese Yankee through Ruthanne Lum McCunn tells the real tale of Hong Kong born Thomas Sylvanus (Ah Yee Way), an orphan delivered to the US for education within the mid-1850s, yet enslaved in Baltimore. simply 16 on the outbreak of warfare, Thomas ran north, joined the liberty military, and used to be blinded within the first significant crusade. He did not absolutely get well his sight and, deemed incapable of appearing the tasks of a soldier, was once discharged. but he reenlisted two times, stored his regiment's shades in the course of the massacre of Spotsylvania, used to be lamed at chilly Harbor, and survived nine months imprisonment within the dreaded Andersonville stockade. His overall healthiness damaged, yet his spirit intact, he battled for survival and justice for his relations and himself till his dying in 1891. He used to be, because the ny occasions famous, "singular."

"[Chinese Yankee] is a unprecedented tale that also resonates one hundred fifty years later. together with her empathy for the principal personality and her attractive and available prose, McCunn is preferably certified to inform the tale." -- Stuart Heaver, Hong Kong South China Morning publish, November 1, 2014.

Advance Praise

"A precise Civil warfare tale that brings to existence a uniquely American hero, chinese language YANKEE supplies the reader historical past that speaks to the guts with the aches of fight, the demanding situations of id, and the hunt for romance opposed to all odds." -- Gus Lee, China Boy; braveness: The spine of management; and With Schwarzkopf.

"Riveting. could not placed it down! could not flip the pages quick adequate. it is something to determine a pale black and white photo, fairly one other to learn it in residing colour, flesh and bone, pleasure and sorrow." -- Carol Shively, editor, Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War

"Uncovering outstanding documentary proof, Ruthanne Lum McCunn skillfully information the lifetime of Union soldier Thomas Sylvanus (Ah Yee Way). a desirable learn that is helping us higher comprehend American society in this serious interval in our background. learn it." -- Franklin Odo, undertaking Director for topic learn on Asian american citizens and Pacific Islanders, NPS

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